Got away with that!

Well, I seem to have survived my encounters with the press. All about street pastors, a great initiative we are launching with 9 other churches in Wantage Grove. It was an interesting expereince being interviewed, and then waiting to see if what I said came out ok, and it seems to have, although I have never been called "Mr Townsend" so often in my life before! more


Last week was awesome. Seeing 140 people from 10 churches gathered to find out more about Street Pastors and then over 40 people take application forms, choosing to give up their time to show care and compaassion in our community ... what a privilege. more

Gault la foret



In the Old Testament, the priests went into the temple, honoured God, sacrificed to him and helped people to follow God. The great, amazing transition, as we touched on on Sunday, is that now, thanks to Jesus, each follower of Jesus is a priest. Even better, no longer do we have to go into a temple - we are individually and as a gathered body the temple where God dwells. more

Impact and strategy

Last week seemed to be a week about impact! I toook some time to list to a number of speakers to seek to gather as much as possible what God was wanting to whisper to me. It was my way of responding to what Eddy said to us on the 18th, altough, to be honest, I had planned it for some time. It was a clear time of encounter for me, and I thank God for the time. more

The sun is shining

The sun is shining! Phew!  more

Easter week

Even more than Christmas, I find it's very easy to charge through Easter and miss the point. I appreciated yesterday's three events - the procession, the Sunday service and the social walk afterwards. In a way they captured for me the delightful diversity of church. more

Face, twitter and bacon

Ahh, the joys of the web enabled life ... On the pkus side, we can put news sheets, sermons, all sort of information up here on this website, making it easier for people to find, read, and so on. However, the number of sites that you 'have' to be on seems to only ever increase. So I got myself on facebook a while back, kind of fun and useful. more


I enjoyed Sunday very much, with the celebration in the morning and the baptisms in the afternoon. As I've said before, sorry for the bad timing, my fault. However, despite being a full day, I know that the vibrancy of the praise at the celebration was a real blessing to me, and Luc's perspective on where wisdom is truly fouund struck me afresh. more

Family meeting

Many thanks to all who came to the family meeting. I appreciated the chance to share how we believe we should be moving forwards in the coming months. It seems to me that this a very exciting time as we seek to put in place the team that will help us to move forwards more effectively in our call to be a church the sees the region changed for the better. more

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